5-Step DIY Mercury Glass

DIY Mercury Glass Decor:

So I love expensive things! I love cheap things that look expensive even more! I’ve always loved the look of mercury glass and when I discovered this amazing mirror spray for $7 that turned ordinary glass into gorgeous, expensive looking decor, I ran to the store and made about 50 containers that same day! You can find it at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc. (I used roughly 2 cans).

Typically mercury glass is more 'distressed' looking than what the picture above looks like. My sister wanted to use them for her wedding and didn’t want them to look more 'polished' and less 'rustic', so we skipped the final “scratching off” step. But all you would do is take a paper towel and scratch off some of the spray from the inside once it’s dry. It’s really as easy as it sounds. Here's what that would look like:

1. So first, you will need some glassware. I got mine at Goodwill for about $.99 each! You can do any size or shape you’d like. ***If you are wanting to distress them, you’ll need to make sure to get glassware that has an opening that has a diameter that is the same or bigger than the base, so you can get your hand inside.

2. You will need to wash, or at least rinse off, most of the glassware to remove dust and dirt (especially if you get them at Goodwill!). Dry them off with a towel and set them all up outside or somewhere well ventilated. I laid out the paper that Goodwill used to wrap them in so I didn’t stain my concrete. You will need about 1 can for every 25 containers (this depends on how many coats you want and the size of the containers).

3. Shake well, then spray the inside of the containers from about 2 feet away. Spray it in quick spurts to keep from spraying too much in one place or it will drip and ruin the look. It only takes about 30 seconds to dry,. So quick spray, wait 30 seconds, quick spray, and so on and so forth until they're fully coated. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes (you can turn them upside down and spray the bottoms if you want to).

4. ***If you want to distress them, here is where you would do it. Just take a paper towel and rub random spots inside the container. It doesn't take too much pressure, so be careful not to rub off too much, although you could just re-spray them.

5. Let them fully dry and air out for a few minutes and then you’re done! It’s literally that easy! Here is one we used on my sister's head table at her wedding!


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